See below for Japanese Tea Garden Locations in the U.S.
The is a part of a traditional japanese tea ceremony found in Japan and in places around the world. In the United States, several beautiful public tea gardens exist.
Generally, a tea garden surrounds a tea house. Guests enter the garden and walk along stepping stones and lush foliage to a special bench, where a host greets them.
The experience is designed to be relaxing, friendly, and even inspiring. The garden helps set the mood and tone. After the host greets the guests, they enter the tea house.
There the host brews tea and everyone engages in pleasant conversation. Guests compliment the host on the decor and the taste of the tea. After drinking tea and enjoying one another's company, guests leave the tea house and garden the same way they entered.
Tea ceremonies are common in Japan and a centuries old tradition. While most people do not have their own tea house or a tea garden, ceremonies are held in the home or in tea restaurants.
When such ceremonies are held in private homes, these houses often have nice landscaping that might mimic a formal tea garden.
Japanese Tea Gardens in the U.S.
In the United States, there are a number of tea gardens that are open to the public.
Some of these impressive tea gardens are more than 100 years old.
Here are a few you might like to visit:
Hours of operation and the cost of admission vary from one tea garden location to another. So, it is always helpful to check in advance. You may have a Japanese tea garden in your own hometown. Check with local arboretums, parks, or Japanese restaurants.